Definition of opéra comique in US English:

opéra comique

noun

  • 1An opera on a lighthearted theme, typically in French and with spoken dialogue.

    • ‘His Prague repertory was almost devoid of Italian opera, but it did include many of the French opéras comiques which he felt set the most fruitful example for German composers.’
    • ‘Berlioz's only Shakespearian opera as such is Béatrice et Bénédict, a two-act opéra comique based on Much Ado About Nothing, written for the Stadttheater in Baden-Baden.’
    1. 1.1 Opéra comique as a genre.
      • ‘It immediately caused controversy, its subject being considered too risqué for such a venue, and the tragic implications of Carmen's death on stage being unusually realistic for the lighter genre of opéra comique.’
      • ‘During most of the 1800s, though, the work was performed throughout Europe, a delicious example of French opéra comique at its high noon.’

Origin

French.

Pronunciation

opéra comique

/ˈäp(ə)rə käˈmēk/